Creative writing is considered to be one of the most perplexing forms of articulating thoughts and ideas on paper. It turns out to be a hard nut to crack because it requires the ability to think freely, giving thoughts a modicum of leeway, and expressing ideas and experienced feelings sincerely and openly.
That’s why putting wind in the sails with creative writing is not within every writer’s grasp. It means that a person, who had succeeded in the process-writing approach that is all about planning, revising, re-arranging, and deleting text, re-reading, and producing multiple drafts before producing finished documents, may not readily have the same good results in creative writing.
Surely, it does not imply that the creative writing process does not need proper planning and preparation; it just means that creative writing permits the author to deviate from the specific writing styles and not be consistent with all the standards of this style. In a word, creative writing gives the author leeway in terms of presentation and development of a piece of writing.
Since creative writing is not simply a matter of sitting down, putting pen to paper, following smart instructions of emeritus pundits, commencing at the beginning and writing through to the end. Creative approach treats all writing as a creative act that requires time, positive feedback, and inspiration to be done well. People who engage in creative writing do not merely think freely; they view the world from a free-thinking perspective.
Without a doubt, creative writing is not only about inspiration and gift of the writer, and it is far from coming easily to the writer, it also needs a lot of elbow grease in order to produce a piece of writing worth the attention of the readers.
The key to success in creative writing lies in the author’s ability to be frank with his readers and brutally honest with himself. Do not be afraid to step aside from the established standards of the particular writing style, and open the door of your brain to the new ideas that cross the threshold of your imagination and knock around your mind.
Remember that process and explorations are the keystones in creative writing, rather than the finished product. Let yourself release your inner genius and vent on paper the most bizarre ideas that amassed in your mind. The source of ideas for your creative writing can be various kinds of resources of creativity such as oral tradition, dreams, childhood memories, sense perceptions and intuition.
Katrina Crosbie, a tutor of creative writing in Edinburgh University's Open Studies programme, asserts that getting in touch with the subconscious mind is the key to original and creative writing. She also claims that every writer can harness three simple techniques to enhance his creative writing abilities - they are mental-focusing techniques, harnessing the power of your dreams and journal-writing. Harnessing these techniques takes hard work; so, if you are ready, roll up your sleeves and follow these simple strategies.
I. Mental focusing techniques
Mental focusing techniques involve focusing on the positive outcome. It implies that you should concentrate and regulate your mental activity in order to enter a quiet state of your mind. The key point in mental focusing is to get rid of all the stray thoughts and replace it with one thought; this process should gradually induce a calm sensation. The procedure is very simple - you make yourself comfortable in a cozy armchair, and in all possible ways try to awake creativity inside of you.
You should say something like “I’m getting in touch with my creativity source”, and imagine physically how the stream of creativity comes into your mind. Remember the sensation of clear, cool water on your face, or a stream of fresh breeze, which is blowing in your face. Then imagine yourself sitting at your word processor, typing fluently, and writing avidly. After several minutes, open your eyes and commence writing.
II. Harness the power of your dreams
Dreams have tremendous power. The subconscious memory can be the direct cause of certain dreams. 'When the mind is centered on certain things, the sleeper goes over his life again and again in phantom fashion. He lives over the experiences of his daily life.'
Overall, your dreams can be important, just write them down after waking up in the morning. Perhaps, later on, re-reading the notes of your dreams will prompt you some interesting ideas for your creative works. "These can be triggers for an especially imaginative piece of work." American writer Joyce Carol Oates has said that her novel Bellefleur was inspired by a dream of a walled garden which haunted her for years "till she felt she had to write about it.”
III. Keep the writing journal
This technique of enhancing your creativity is very simple and at the same time highly productive. Buy yourself a notebook, so that you can always have it at hand and write some brief narratives in it on a daily basis.
Don’t focus on the style, mistakes, and, in general, in the way you write. Just write down the first things that occur in your mind, even if you think that it is junk. The main idea is to keep your hand moving and to feel a growing sense of inspiration and confidence. In the course of time, you will become a practiced hand in writing. Surely, you will find your journal notes a rich source of inspiration and ideas.
If you really want to enhance your creative writing abilities, give these simple techniques a try, and bring your craft as a writer into play!